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Subject: Kindle library lending here NOW
Date Posted: 9/20/2011 7:33 PM ET
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At least in the greater Seattle area where it is being tested. I've perused the catalog a bit (did find a ton of Georgette Heyers available), but nothing that I want to read now. Some details here and a how to picture guide here.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 9:09 AM ET
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Glad to finally see some progress on this!  I talked to my librarian about it and they said the books available to you are dependent on your library system's contract with Overdrive.  Some libraries buy a "package" of books, others buy per-book.  The article Cathy linked to says the Seattle library has 11,000 titles available for Kindle.  My library currently has about 500 through Overdrive and I assume all of those would be available for Kindle lending.  I recently found out that I can get a free card for the library system in the parish where I work, and they have about 7,000 titles available.  So it really varies by the size of your library system and how much they are willing to pay to Overdrive.



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Date Posted: 9/21/2011 10:22 AM ET
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It is very cool, I gave it a test drive last night. Picked out a Georgette Heyer, put it in my cart on Overdrive (we are allowed 20 at one time as I understand it). Checked the finished/buy button and that opened me into a new window at Amazon at the book page, but that it was for library lending. I clicked to download and since I don't have wifi at home had the kindle hooked up via USB. Downloaded file, saved to kindle and easy peasy there it was. I thought placing a book on hold, walking in to take it off the hold shelf and self check out was pretty cool, but this took less than five minutes.

Seattle and King County libraries (which is pretty much everyone else in the county except for in the city limits) are different government entities. I know Seattle library's been having budget woes, but there's been no cutting back at King County (which is the one I use), they just keep on buying and buying and buying.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 10:56 AM ET
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Looks like it's available everywhere now.  press release here.
 

From DailyCheapReads.com:  For more complete information about borrowing library books for your Kindle or free Kindle apps, go to this link.
 

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 12:24 PM ET
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Been perusing the historical fiction shelf, which so far outside of the Heyers I'm finding only romances and CF

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 1:12 PM ET
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On mine, I can see a lot of stuff...All of Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia series, some Helen Hollick, David Liss, most of the Pink Carnation series, Dreams of Joy, Caleb's Crossing, Paris Wife, even some EC (To Defy a King). ...most have wish lists so you'd have to wait for them.  I assume all of those would be available for Kindle..not really sure how it works since I don't have an account to log in to yet.

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 1:21 PM ET
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I'm not seeing anything that says for Kindle.  Of course, my home system still says, "Kindle Coming Soon" so maybe it's not available here yet?  All of the books are Adobe EPUB and/or PDF

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 1:53 PM ET
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Found Cornwell, Flashman books and even Clavell. Ariana Frankline and Deanna Rayburne. Lots more romances. No EC or Penman. Susan Fraser King, Lisa See. Just spotted Gabaldon and Rosalind Laker. Ken Follett (barf).

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 3:52 PM ET
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I checked my parents' library in Orlando and they have over 21,000 titles!  And lots that I want.  I can see that I will be borrowing their library card.  I wonder if that works? Does the name on the Overdrive account and the name on the Amazon account have to match??

Date Posted: 9/21/2011 4:24 PM ET
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Christa, I'm guessing you won't know until you try.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 11:01 AM ET
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My library is going with Overdrive, but our account isn't live yet.  Do you know how freaking expensive the e-books are??  The new David Baldacci is $90.  Our collection is going to grow slowly at that rate!

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 11:24 AM ET
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Yea, I know that's the problem with our library.  We just switched to Overdrive this summer.  I'm wondering if this is something that our FOL might be able to help with.  We normally make a $2500 - $3000 donation in the spring that is used for miscellaneaous unfunded needs, like tables, puppets, bulletin boards, etc.  But after a couple of years of that, we've got them in a pretty good place on that kind of stuff.  So maybe we can specify part of it next year to add to the Overdrive collection.

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 5:39 PM ET
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Wow, I stopped by our library this morning and found out that we will have this service for Kindle starting next week! I can't wait to give it a try!

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 7:56 PM ET
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You might want to check your library's Overdrive website, Jeanne.  My library said this morning that it would be next week, but it went live around lunchtime today!

Date Posted: 9/22/2011 9:27 PM ET
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Vicky, wow that's some expensive e-book. When I click on the historical fiction book category it says I have 1300+ titles to choose from, but that does include a lot of romances. Nice to know that if (and that's a big if) I decide to read the Outlander books again I can get them from the kindle library list.

ETA: I've just been perusing the "Classics" category. Tolkein available on Kindle. I can reread the Lords of the Rings and not have to chance accidents happening to my collector's editions. Whoot.

 



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Date Posted: 9/24/2011 10:51 AM ET
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Christa - Nope, it doesn't look like our library is up and running for Kindle yet - but I'll keep watching for it!

Date Posted: 9/25/2011 10:39 AM ET
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I've just been perusing the Overdrive video catalog. Wow, lots of old classic films. I had to download the Overdrive software (free), and it took a while to download the actual movie loan (you get seven days I think it is), but then you are good to go. the screen size you get from the software is very small so I doubt I'd use it much for PC, but should do very nicely for those with the small portable devices that support this. Took a glance at The Sheik with Rudolf Valentino. I will have to bump that book up the pile (which is free on kindle).

Date Posted: 8/14/2012 7:40 PM ET
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I was browsing the latest additions to the Overdrive catalog today and spotted several EC and Susan Higginbotham titles. As I understand it, individual libraries contract for "x" amount of books, so you won't necessarily have the choice I have. Worth taking a look and seeing if they are there. I am still keeping my Chadwicks.

Date Posted: 1/24/2014 3:39 PM ET
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I guess this thread is as good as any. For those borrowing via libary/Overdrive catalog, I've just discovered a nifty feature. Search for your e-book, only to find it's not in your library's Overdrive catalog. At the bottom you'll see a large box with the Don't see the digital titles you were hoping to find? Click there and search again. If you find the title you're looking for, click to go to the book page. You'll see a box to click to recommend the title to your library, plus you can option to receive an email if and when the title becomes available. I just got Susan H's The Woodvilles, Kearsley's The Splendour Falls and I'm #1 on the list for the new Deanna Raybourne when it becomes available. Try it.

Date Posted: 1/24/2014 3:40 PM ET
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Good to know, Cathy. Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/25/2014 11:10 AM ET
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That works great Cathy! I wasn't sure about how to submit recommendations and now I know!!!! Thank you! yes

Date Posted: 1/25/2014 11:52 AM ET
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Wishes do come true cool